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8 Meeting Purposes – What Tasks Are You Asking a Group to Complete?

Effective meetings are first based on clear line of sight to an end result, preferably something that can be documented.  Yet all too often meeting purposes rely on determining WHAT the deliverable should be. Consequently, using meeting time to determine the meeting deliverable indicates unclear thinking and weak methodology.  As a result, see the eight most common reasons…

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Meeting Competence

9 Tips Proven to Increase Meeting Competence and Output Quality

Without effective leadership, you can win the agenda but lose the meeting. Meeting competence demands that you take responsibility to prevent collective incompetence. For example, do not allow ‘showboating’ and meetings within meetings. Additionally, consider the following suggestions to improve meeting competence. Meeting Competence Considers . . . Acronyms and BuzzWords—Create a visual legend for…

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How to Facilitate Group or Team Decision Using Pros and Cons

How to Facilitate Decision-Making Using Pros and Cons

First, here is the traditional Pros and Cons method according to its creator, Benjamin Franklin: “For pros and cons, my way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one pro, and over the other con; then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the…

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How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

Facilitative leadership provides the best assurance that team leads/ project managers can overcome project pitfalls. Borrowing from the PMBoK (ie, Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge) and other published sources, following are seven of the most common project pitfalls. A discussion about each follows below. 7 Project Pitfalls Abandonment of Planning Feature (Scope) Creep Omitting…

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15 Fun and Quick Tips to Help You Become a More Successful Facilitative Leader

15 Fun and Quick Tips to Help You Become a More Successful Facilitative Leader

Here are fifteen fun and quick tips to help you become more successful while facilitating. “The wisdom of the crowd” effect has long been recognized, but scientists have gone further by showing that the strategy works even when the crowd consists of one person (Scientific American Mind, pg 14, Oct-Nov 2008). Brain research on Buddhist…

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brainsteering

“Brainsteering” Recommends 5 Activities to Improve Brainstorming

Through more robust planning and preparation, the facilitator and methodologist can do much to amplify the brainstorming tool. Here are five activities to help you. The Harper-Collins book “Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas” written by the brothers Kevin and Shawn Coyne reinforces these five, highly practical considerations to facilitate effective innovation sessions. Develop Optimal…

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Effective Meeting Wrap up

Four Activities for an Efficient and Effective Meeting Wrap up

Below are four most important activities needed to facilitate an efficient and effective meeting wrap up: 1-Review, 2-Next Steps, 3-Communications, and 4-Assessment. None of the following should ever be skipped entirely, so expand and contract based on your situation and constraints. 1-Review Do not relive the meeting; simply review the outputs, decisions, assignments, etc. Focus…

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Multiple Sites RACI

How to Build a Roles and Responsibilities for Multiple Sites

Here is a roles and responsibilities matrix that can help you manage multiple sites. The following supports more complicated situations than the traditional RACI model (or its equivalent) discussed in How to Transform Your Responsibility Matrix Into a GANTT Chart. Using the table above as an illustrative template, preview the content you need to facilitate…

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Taking Charge

How Can Participants Lead Meetings and Subtly Take Charge

We are not suggesting that you, as a participant lead meetings — or take over lame meetings, but there are some actions you can take to improve your meetings without stepping on the toes of your meeting leader. Situation: Participant Lead Meeting The situation is this: You are attending a meeting. It is failing because the leader has neglected some…

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Leadership Style

Leadership Style Depends on Source of Ideas and Solution Ownership

Leadership style depends largely on the flow of content: Directive—one-way, Consultative—equal partner in content, and Exploratory—facilitative, not adding content. Directive A leader who predominantly gives direction and guidance with little participation or content added by the group characterizes this leadership style. Directive leadership is appropriate when the purpose is to share information quickly and clearly,…

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